Posts Tagged ‘Mayan ruins’

Mayan Game of Thrones: Motul de San José

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Motul de San José
Motul is a Mayan archeological site located about 7 kilometers from the town of San José (more…)

Petén

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Petén
I first visited Petén, the largest province of Guatemala, when I was fourteen years old. Since then I became enamored of its rivers, lagoons and jungles. In fact, the most beautiful lagoon I’ve ever seen –including photographs- is located here. Yes, I’m unbiased and honestly I can say that that place is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. I have not been back to the same location since, and not many people have heard of it.
I came to Guatemala in 2005 and went on a jungle trek to Petén for ten days, but I failed to find this place. Well, I was young when I first went there and did not remember how to get there, and this time I wanted to explore more of Petén, so I did not put much will in finding that lagoon (at least 11 hours hike to the lagoon from the closest road).
Since I moved back to Guatemala –more than nine months ago- I’ve been to Petén in several occasions; never stayed there for more than a few days.
Thanks to technology, my father –who accompanied me on my trip to the lagoon- and I were able to pinpoint the location. And now that I’m semi-retired I have all the time to travel. I’m planning a jungle trek to this location in a couple of weeks. This is not the best time; we are in the middle of the rainy season and all paths are covered by thick layers of mud. Unexpected rains are always expected (!), and this time I’ll travel solo.
Weather conditions are not the best, that’s going to make it a more memorable experience.
No, I’m not disclosing the location, but if it has not been destroyed, polluted and or deforested, I will be glad to share photos with you all.
If my camera survives the humidity!
Petén

Tikal National Park. Peten.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Tikal, Peten, Guatemala
This is one of my old photographs. I took this with a point and shoot and film. I share this because it is the only photo I will very likely have from this point of view, because last time I went to Tikal, I went looking for this Mirador and found the tree fallen to the ground. Sad.

Mayan Temple, City of Yaxha

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Mayan Temple, City of Yaxha.


One condition: You have to play the song while reading the post.

This conversation took place one night at a hotel on the road to the Mayan City of Tikal, the day after we had gone to the City of Yaxha.

I was talking to my tourist guide, a very well known Artist, in Guatemala. He tells me; him and his sister -who is a respected cinematographer- went at night to the Mayan City of Yaxha. His sister had a project: They were using infrared cameras to film the ruins at night. It was an usual night. They went to the City and Film the temples. A few days later they were editing the tapes and they both were shocked! They see a big light hovering on top of one of the temples they had filmed. The light is only seen on the Infrared Spectrum. “We did not see anything the night we were filming” my guide tells me with a exclamatory voice.

A few days later, I stopped at a local souvenir shop next to the pavement. The person attending the shop was a local fisherman. We had a bit long conversation: He was telling me about the fish they catch. He tells me it is best to go fishing when its raining. He tells me: but I don’t like fishing at night when raining because the mountain range behind the lake rumbles very loud. “And some times WE see a light coming out of the mountain and diving into the lake.” He tells me.

Temple IV

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Temple IV
Temple IV, Mayan City of Tikal. On of the tallest buildings constructed by The Mayan -or aliens some rather believe-. Seen this well illuminated during the “show” of the beginning of the new Baktun* was an amazing spectacle.

The Mayan Ruins of Iximché

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Tecpán Mayan Ruins by Rudy Girón

The Mayan ruins of Iximché are located in modern day Tecpán Guatemala. Iximché is one of the few remaining archealogical Mayan sites on the highlands of Guatemala. Mixco Viejo is another Mayan site with ruins. Both were very important at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards.

Here’s part of the entry found at Wikipedia:
Iximche is located 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Guatemala City, in the northwest of the Guatemalan department of Chimaltenango. The city was built at an altitude of 2,100 metres (7,000 ft) in an easily defensible position on a ridge surrounded by deep ravines, in order to defend the city from its hostile K’iche’ and Tz’utujil neighbors. The ridge is called Ratzamut and is a promontory of Tecpán hill, a 3,075-metre (10,089 ft) high mountain to the northwest of the ruins, which sit at the southeastern end of this promontory. The ridge is flanked by two rivers flowing in deep ravines, Río El Molino and Río Los Chocoyos, which both join to flow southwest into the Madre Vieja River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean. Iximche is located among pine forests common to highland Guatemala.

For many years the Kaqchikel served as loyal allies of the K’iche’ Maya. The growing power of the Kaqchikel within the alliance eventually caused such friction that the Kaqchikel were forced to flee the K’iche’ capital and found the city of Iximche. The Kaqchikel established their new capital upon an easily defensible ridge almost surrounded by deep ravines. Iximche developed quickly as a city and within 50 years of its foundation it had reached its maximum extent. The rulers of Iximche were four principal lords drawn from the four main clans of the Kaqchikel, although it was the lords of the Sotz’il and Xahil clans who held the real power.

After the initial establishment of Iximche, the K’iche’ left the Kaqchikel in peace for a number of years.[4] The peace did not last and the Kaqchikel soundly defeated their former overlords around 1491.[8] This was followed by infighting among the Kaqchikel clans with the rebel clans finally being overcome in 1493. Wars against the K’iche’ continued throughout the early 15th century.[8] When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico, the Aztec emperor sent messengers to warn the Kaqchikel.[9] After the surrender of the Aztecs to Hernán Cortés, Iximche sent its own messengers to offer a Kaqchikel alliance with the Spanish.[8] Smallpox decimated the population of Iximche before the physical arrival of the Europeans.[8] At the time of the Spanish Conquest Iximche was the second most important city in the Guatemalan Highlands, after the K’iche’ capital at Q’umarkaj. Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado was initially well received in the city in 1524 and the Kaqchikel kings provided the Spanish with native allies to assist in the conquest of the other highland Maya kingdoms.[8] Iximche was declared the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala in the same year.[8] Due to excessive Spanish demands for tribute the Kaqchikel soon broke the alliance and deserted their capital, which was burned 2 years later by Spanish deserters… continue reading at Wikipedia